Friday, January 23, 2015

Carl's Jr Ad: 'Look At All The Steroids And Hormones We Use!'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM

The Super Bowl is fast approaching and the prevailing approach for advertisers is to get a publicity bump ahead of the big game by posting their very expensive commercials (NBC was reportedly seeking $4.5M for 30-second spots) early on YouTube.

Cue Carl's Jr.:

Naked women, everyone! Clever, huh?

But I digress. If the style of the ad looks familiar to Nashville viewers, it's because Carl's Jr. (West and Southwest) and Hardee's (more prevalent in the South) share ownership, a menu and ad campaigns.

The ad is designed to introduce us to the All-Natural Burger, "a grass-fed, charbroiled beef patty ... topped with natural cheddar cheese and vine-ripened tomatoes."

Here's the voiceover from the end of the spot:

Introducing the All-Natural Burger, the first-ever in fast food. With no antibiotics, no added hormones and no steroids. Only at Carl's Jr.

Now, while it's great that Carl's Jr. is finally selling a burger made from beef that was treated better and not pumped full of crap, it's one of almost 20 burgers on their menu.

Here's what I took away from that ad: "If you come to Carl's Jr., we have almost an entire menu full of beef that has been raised on feed lots and pumped full of hormones and steroids. ENJOY!"

Or were you just staring at her breasts?

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Goo Goo Store Throws Grand Opening Party Next Week

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Last month, Margaret Littman reported that the Goo Goo Retail Shop opened quietly downtown on Third Avenue South. Opening in time to make sure Goo Goo Clusters and Goo Goo Cluster merchandise was available for eager holiday shoppers, the store also features an in-house team of chefs preparing “premium” Goo Goos in an ever-changing variety of flavors (including one with cherries and pistachios available last week during the Mary Kay convention).

Now the folks at Goo Goo Cluster are ready to open the doors wide open for a Grand Opening celebration next week. On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, the shop will host daylong festivities for Goo Goo Cluster fans, including free samples of freshly made premium Goo Goos, discounts on store merchandise, and raffles for giveaways. Here’s the schedule:

Jan. 30

10:30 a.m. Ribbon-cutting with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
10:30 a.m. First 25 customers to make a purchase receive a free Premium Goo Goo each month for a year
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Artist on hand to create free caricatures of guests
10:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. Raffles, discounts, and samples of Premium Goo Goos throughout the day

Jan. 31

10:30 a.m. First 25 customers to make a purchase receive a free Premium Goo Goo each month for a year
Noon-4 p.m. Artist on hand to create free caricatures of guests
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Raffles, discounts and samples of Premium Goo Goos throughout the day.

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Weekly Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Winter Soup?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM

I love soup, all kinds of soup, any time of the day or year, and I really love the chilled soups that some people scorn, like vichyssoise. But there's no question that winter often leads to a powerful craving for hot soup. How else to explain the fact that three Scene staffers independently decided to cook up three separate batches of split-pea soup last week?

As Megan Seling pointed out in yesterday's hot chocolate post, the weather forecast is calling for a possible hit of wet snow late tonight. Let us take that as our excuse to focus on the favored savory food you can sip from a mug.

Tell us, Bites Nation: What's your favorite soup, either of your own creation or restaurant-provided?

And what else is on your mind?

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Today Only: Uber Teams with Party Fowl for Hot Chicken Delivery

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:01 AM

Part of the experience of eating hot chicken in Nashville revolves around the sheer inconvenience of the process. From the excruciatingly slow service at Prince's to the long lines at Hattie B's, the wait for the pain makes the payoff even better. But not today!

Uber has partnered with Party Fowl in the Gulch to offer a one-day-only fiery fowl delivery service as part of a promotion to raise funds for MADD Tennessee. All you have to do is open the Uber app today Friday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and request the "HOT CHICKEN" option at the bottom of the screen. If the Hot Chicken option is available, you'll receive a call from an Uber rep confirming your order — each order is one hot chicken meal. Order up to four servings at $5 apiece. Proceeds go to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

I expect this will be a popular promotion, so don't be too disappointed if it takes a while or if chicken is unavailable. You might want to have backup lunch plans, but if it works, it is a clever way to raise some funds for MADD.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Feeling Hot Hot Hot (Chocolate)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Barista Parlor Golden Sound
This week I wrote about some of the great (and not-so-great) hot chocolate options in Nashville and first of all, you're welcome for not running with my original headline "Going Loco for Cocoa." Secondly, if you haven't thought of hot chocolate as anything more than a kids' drink or a mug of nostalgia to sip on during the holiday season, you're missing out — cocoa has gotten a makeover.

As I wrote in the piece, Nashville's coffee scene is growing, and while local cafes continue to nerd out over all kinds of different brewing methods, coffee bean varieties and intricate ways to present their drinks, hot chocolate — once an afterthought delegated to the bottom of the kiddie menu — is being brought along for the ride.

Today's cocoa is so much more than a pack of Swiss Miss and some canned whipped cream; today you can get hot chocolate topped with tasty homemade marshmallows (at Bang Candy Company and Hot and Cold) or even partake in hot chocolate tasting boards that contain a variety of flavors or cocoa content (at the Loving Pie Company and Barista Parlor Golden Sound, respectively).

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Chef Jeremy Sewall Brings New England Seafood to Nashville Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Jeremy Sewall
  • Jeremy Sewall
New England oyster expert, James Beard-nominated chef and co-author Jeremy Sewall comes to Music City next week to bring his seafood-focused take on cooking to the South. (Chris Chamberlain mentioned this in his round-up of chef events earlier this week, but it's worth telling you more.)

Sewall is the co-author of The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes (Rizzoli, $39.95). This Wednesday, Jan. 28, with Matt Bolus at the Gulch’s The 404 Kitchen for a five-course dinner that fuses both chefs’ styles. Together Sewall and Bolus developed a menu that includes raw oysters, fluke carpaccio, baked stuffed lobster and more. The dinner, which costs $125 per person, includes wine pairings and a signed copy of the book.

If neither your stomach nor your schedule (or perhaps your wallet) allow you to attend the dinner, the next night, Thursday, Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m., Sewall and his co-author, Nashville Lifestyles magazine managing editor Erin Byers Murray, will sign copies of the cookbook at Parnassus Books in Green Hills. The signing and discussion is free; books will be available for purchase and likely a little wine, too.

The discussion will cover Sewall’s cooking process and personal experiences, likely with lots of examples of what Murray describes as Sewall’s sarcastic and dry wit. Murray, who moved to Nashville from Boston, says she hopes the book and Sewall’s visit helps show Nashvillians what they “can do with seafood even if you are not on the coast. Nashville has great seafood dishes, but it is not a seafood town yet. [Sewall] is all about getting things from the sea.”

When Murray was testing recipes for the cookbook, which was published in October, she learned what fish was readily available in Nashville, what needed to be shipped and how to make local modifications to New England-inspired recipes (monkfish and skate wing were two of the trickier varieties for her to find locally).

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First Bite: Biscuit Love Brunch

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 8:45 AM

Biscuit and brunch fans can unite in their joy over the news that Biscuit Love Brunch is now open (officially as of today) in the Gulch.

From the Biscuit Love Truck is born the new restaurant, which features a number of truck favorites as well as many new items. The East Nasty (fried chicken and cheese), Princess (hot chicken), and Lindstrom (shaved Brussels sprouts salad with poached eggs) are all included, as well as my husband’s new favorite, Southern Benny (prosciutto-like shaved country ham, eggs, gravy), burgers and other sandwiches, and a vegan oatmeal, made with a special blend of oats, brown sugar, apple butter and pecans (side note: almond milk is available for lattes).

The menu — which is heavily focused on local sourcing — is separated into starters, breakfast, and lunch, but all are served throughout the day. There’s also a separate menu for kids, beverages including fresh-squeezed orange juice, coffee and coffee drinks, tea (hot, iced sweet or iced unsweet), soft drinks and lemonade, and, most importantly, a cocktail menu.

At a preview event this weekend, I had the Lindstrom (with two perfectly poached eggs, but you can choose how you want your eggs and if you want them at all), and my husband had the Benny (which he reported as perfect, though I should note he is a big fan of country ham). The best endorsement came from my daughter, who eats at an excruciatingly slow pace. She had a kids-size version of the French toast with wild blueberry compote and lemon mascarpone, and she ate it so quickly I thought there must have been some trickery involved.

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Black Abbey Offers Live Music and 8 More Beers of Winter

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 7:54 AM

Carl the Groundhog
  • Carl the Groundhog
Things are hopping over in Fellowship Hall at the Black Abbey Brewing Co. First off, they're continuing their live music series this Friday night, Jan. 23, with the return of The Lower Caves. The band has been on a tour of breweries (nice gig!) that kicked off at Black Abbey in July, and now they're coming back for a concert with doors opening at 8 p.m. Beer will be available for sale, and tickets are only $5 for the show featuring The Lower Caves' brand of music, which is described as "moving between ethereal and hard-hitting, from art-rock to edgy alternative."

Next month, when the rest of us may be grousing about whether that damned groundhog saw his shadow or not, the Black Abbey folks are already planning to make the best of it with their annual "8 More Beers of Winter" event. For one day only, Feb. 7 from 2 to 8 p.m., they will be clearing all their regular beers off of the taps at Fellowship Hall and replacing them with barrel-aged versions from their portfolio.

The barrels that have been used to age these beers were previously the dark homes of various whiskeys, ports, gins, tequilas and bourbons, all of which add new character to the brews.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jeni's Ice Cream Sets March Date for Opening in Farmers' Market

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 11:58 AM

We've known for a while that the popular Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams was working to open a location in the Nashville Farmers' Market. The company has announced it's aiming to open in March. The Jeni's launch coincides with major changes at the city-owned market, revealed at a board meeting last week (and the subject of extensive discussion here on Bites).

Today's company release quoted Jeni's founder Jeni Britton Bauer, praising the market:

"To open a scoop shop in the Nashville Farmers' Market​ i​s so exciting! A constant source of inspiration, a market is key to any world-class city, and we are proud to join Nashville’s. We couldn't be more thrilled about the vision and leadership of Market Director Tasha Kennard, who has already made tremendous strides. ​And w​e're really looking forward to being neighbors to Bella Nashville, Jeremy Barlow's Sloco sandwiches, and the new Picnic Tap, along with all the other great merchants.“

The Nashville Farmers' Market location will be Jeni's third in Nashville, after East Nashville and 12South. (The East Nashville scoop shop, which opened in 2011, was the company's first outside its home state of Ohio.)

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Sweetie Pie: Tennessee Cheesecake's Annual Dock Sale Set for This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Not long after I moved to West Nashville 10 years ago, I noticed intriguing sign along I-40 West between 46th and White Bridge Road. “Tennessee Cheesecake,” it spelled in black-and-white on the side of a green building just south of Charlotte Avenue. I wondered to myself, “Do they sell cheesecake there? Or is it some type of cheeky burlesque club?” (At the time, there was still some gentrification left to be made along that strip of Charlotte separating Sylvan Park and The Nations.)

Years passed and I never checked it out. It didn’t really look like anything was going on inside. And then one day, I noticed the sign was gone and I was sad that I’d never taken the time to figure out just what Tennessee Cheesecake was all about.

As it turns out, Tennessee Cheesecake makes and sells cheesecakes. Actual cheesecake that you eat. And they didn’t go out of business; they just moved to Mt. Juliet. The business is primarily wholesale, but with the expansion in Mt. Juliet, a retail store was opened where you can buy cheesecakes directly in a variety of flavors and sizes (though the selection depends on what’s available on a given day) and pies as well.

This weekend, though is Tennessee Cheesecake’s annual “dock sale.” They literally open the doors on the loading dock and sell the cheesecakes right there for deeply discounted prices.

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